I used my old favourite Butterick 4985 to make this top out of pink embroidered "bobbly" cotton, with the sleeves snitched from a different dress pattern Burda 7897. I narrowed the torso region as always, and constructed a loop closure for the buttons, instead of the usual buttonholes. When it was finished I felt it was too plain, so I then sewed on random strips and bits of leftover lace, broderie englaise and rick-rack I had in my leftovers tin. Then I felt it was too "pretty", and needed some punking up. So out came a red T-shirt that had been a proven "runner" in the past. That's runner in dying terms, obviously. Yes, it had mistakenly been included in a wash load of all white garments, which I discovered upon opening the washing machine had all turned a lovely shade of pink. Take a deep breathe and count to ten. Yes, I did have to purchase all new socks and T-shirts for my sons, but this situation doesn't have to be all bad.
I could put this quality to good use. What's the old saying, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade? This is the home seamstress' version.
I soaked the offending T-shirt with my new blouse, purposely scrunching the blouse in a way to result in a random blotchy effect, and hey presto! I LOVE this final look, and wear this a lot. Every now and then the pink blotches start to fade a bit, then I just repeat the soaking process.
Today I'm meeting the Monday morning gals, and decided to ride my bike as the weather is perfect, warm with a slight breeze, but not too hot that I'm going to turn up like a sweaty exhausted wreck. I also visited a friend for her birthday, then rounded up the day with riveting challenging work in the office (ha ha)
Necklace; self-made during my beading fad